Caleb Swaim talks with us tonight about viruses and the protein ISG15 that is involved in combating viruses! We will also delve into the debate "Are viruses alive?", discuss how ISG15 may be used in the future to manipulate the immune system, and talk about resurrecting ancient viruses!!! Tune in!!!
Warning: Some minor cursing in this episode.
Primatologist Dr. Rebecca Lewis is an associate professor of Anthropology at The University of Texas at Austin and the director of Ankoatsifaka Research Station in Kirindy Mitea National Park, Madagascar. We discuss her research on the evolution of power in primates, how she became interested in studying Verreaux's sifaka, and her experiences establishing and maintaining a biological field site in Madagascar.
What is quantum field theory? What is string theory?What is a neutrino? This week Dr. Tom Maineiro will explain all this and more to you, so that you will be ready to impress people at a fancy dinner party.
Do you know that most of the corn you eat are hybrids? Do you know that Ligers are generally bigger than both tigers and lions? Why? This is because of something called hybrid vigor. Viviana June talks about hybrid vigor and her work studying the circadian rhythm in Arabidopsis plant hybrids. There is also lots of Kale love.
Fact clarification: Arabidopsis species have a genome size of roughly 135 Mbp
Erin Giglio talks about epigenetics and the nature vs nurture debate. Think mutations in the DNA is the only way to pass on genetic changes to your offspring??? Think again!
Porcia Vaughn talks about how to get the most out of UT biology library services, where to get free donuts, and best practices for studying, research, and data management.
Corals! Calcium carbonate! Climate change! Allison Lawman walks the gang through her research on corals as a model for studying global climate changes on this episode.
Elephant poaching has been ongoing for decades. In 1945, there were over 45 million wild elephant compared with about 450,000 today. Mike Jankowski joined the army in 1992 and was on anti-poaching assignment in 1996. He joined us and talked about the multi-faceted problem of poaching as well as his own stories while involved in anti-poaching efforts.
Ever wonder how scientists learn about other planets? Tune in this week as Dr. Krista Soderland,
from the Institute of Geophysics here at UT, joins us to talk about her work
exploring the solar system. Krista works
specifically with modelling how other nearby planets generate their magnetic
fields, which might surprise you with their diversity! She also shares her experience travelling to
Antarctica and how that relates to possibly finding extraterrestrial life on
one of Jupiter’s moons, Europa.
The Daily Texan, the University of Texas’s student daily,
hosts a weekly science news column, Science Scene. With contributors from both graduate and
undergraduate over a range of scientific disciplines, Science Scene provides a
unique and perspective on science news pertinent to the local community but
also the rest of the country. Robert
Starr, Paepin Goff, and Hellen Airhart sit down with us in the booth to talk
about the writing process, finding stories, while the Albino Squirel isn’t
really albino, and other tidbits of science communication.